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Who is this best for?
- budget shoppers looking for an affordable memory foam bed
- side sleepers who need ample pressure relief
Who won’t love it?
- heavier people who need a good amount of support
- back and stomach sleepers who prefer firm beds
Like with most bed-in-a-box companies, Zinus offers free shipping. The mattress will arrive compressed at your door in a medium-size box. From there, Zinus offers a 100-night risk-free trial.
That means if you decide the mattress isn’t for you during that time period, just give the company a call. They’ll refund your money and send someone to pick it up free of charge. They also back their mattresses with a 10-year warranty.
Now, Zinus offers a variety of different mattresses and bedding products, but today we’ll be focusing on their best-selling 12-inch Green Tea mattress.
The 12-inch Zinus Green Tea mattress is comprised of various levels of foam. On the bottom, you have a 3.5-inch layer of support foam. On top of that is another layer of 3.5-inch high density foam.
Then on top of that is a 2-inch layer of comfort foam and then a 3-inch layer of memory foam. Look, the construction of this bed won’t wow you — there’s really nothing special about it. It’s just a basic bed, but the price tag definitely reflects that.
For the cover, Zinus went with a knitted jacquard fabric. It’s a pretty basic cover as well — no bells and whistles. It’s soft and comfortable, but it is a little loose. I guess that isn’t a huge deal once you put sheets on the bed.
Like with most bed-in-a-box mattresses, it’s not recommended that you machine wash the cover. Instead, if it happens to get dirty, just spot clean it with a mild detergent.
This bed definitely has that traditional memory foam feel, which may or may not be preferable — just depends on personal preference. It’s very soft and very comfortable, but when you lie on it, you sink in quite a bit.
You’ve probably heard people talk about that stuck-in-the-mud feeling — well, that’s what you get with the Green Tea mattress from Zinus. Some people love that feeling.
For example, our video editor loves that feeling and really enjoyed this mattress. Other people, like me, want a mattress with more support. Overall, we’d give it a 4/10 on our soft-to-firm scale, which is the softest score we’ve given out of the 20-plus mattresses we’ve tested.
As such, we see this bed being better for side sleepers. If you really like your pressure points (shoulders, hips, etc.) being cradled by soft memory foam, this bed will definitely provide that.
Now, the issue with a lot of memory foam beds is that they aren’t the best when it comes to temperature regulation and keeping you cool as you sleep.
That’s why you see a lot of companies out there use latex foam, blended foams, or some sort of proprietary blend. Zinus tried to do their best by incorporating eggcrate foam to help with airflow, but it’s just not enough.
The Green Tea mattress just sleeps a little hotter than most other beds we’ve tested. But considering its price tag, I’m not so sure that will deter too many people.
On the positive side, the Green Tea mattress performs extremely well when it comes to limiting motion transfer. It passed our test with no problem. I don’t think you’ll have any issues waking up in the middle of the night if your partner moves around or gets up a lot during the middle of the night.
As far as responsiveness, that top layer is proper memory foam, so it takes a second or two to fully regain its shape after releasing pressure. We would recommend rotating this mattress every 4 to 6 months to prevent sinkage and help prolong its life.
Now we get to the most attractive thing about this bed: its price point. Zinus is extremely affordable. It’s about $400 to $700 cheaper than the average bed in a box.
Here’s the breakdown:
Prices valid as of September 9, 2020
But those are just the MSRPs. Amazon is almost always running some sort of sale or discount on these mattresses. Plus, Zinus also offers different thickness models (8-inch, 10-inch, etc.), which you can find even cheaper.
The bottom line with this bed: It’s very basic, but it’s still very comfortable and good at limiting motion transfer.
It wouldn’t be my first choice to sleep on every night, but we’re viewing this mattress more as the perfect guest room bed — it will get the job done when your in-laws are in town for a few nights. Or if you’re on a tight budget, it’s hard to find a better mattress for the price.
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